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Bolivian official breaks silence about air crash in Colombia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:51pm

A Bolivian official who signed off on the flight plan for a chartered aircraft that crashed in the Andes is breaking her silence and accusing her bosses of trying to stage a cover-up.

Mexico general says army not happy with law-enforcement role

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:41pm

Mexico's top military officer said Thursday that the army is uncomfortable with the law-enforcement role it was given a decade ago when the government launched an offensive against drug cartels.

S. Korean president faces possible last day in power

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:03pm

South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

Sarah El Deeb and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:22pm

Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition's ever-shrinking enclave.

Italian tourist killed in favela in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:01pm

An Italian tourist was killed Thursday in a shantytown near the center of Rio de Janeiro in an area fought over by rival drug trafficking gangs, police said.

UN Syria envoy say time may be right for negotiations

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:11pm

Russia's announcement that Syria was suspending combat operations in Aleppo may mean the time is right to restart negotiations for a peace deal, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday.

Biden's tribute tour moves north to Canada

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:00pm

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's looking forward to hosting Joe Biden as the vice president's tribute tour moves north.

Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:52pm

Chechnya's strongman leader said Thursday that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the "scum" in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order.

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to discuss EU future, migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

Poland's prime minister met Thursday with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for informal talks on the European Union's security, economy and migrant policy.

Tsunami warnings are cancelled after big Pacific earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.

MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Seventy severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been prevented from getting life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago, an official from the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:40am

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a "waiting period" before benefiting from the country's social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn't be allowed free schooling.

Greek court rejects extradition for 2 Turkish servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:24am

A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said.

11 more political prisoners released in Gambia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:22am

In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group.

Azerbaijan sentences youth activist to 10 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:51am

A court in Azerbaijan has handed a 10-year prison sentence to a youth activist who was convicted on heroin possession charges in a verdict that Amnesty International is denouncing as politically motivated.

Rights group says US may be complicit in Yemen 'atrocities'

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:31am

Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and said the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" by supplying bombs.

UN concerned about upswing in Libya violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:20am

The U.N. Security Council says it is concerned by the recent escalation of violence between armed groups in Tripoli.

May disclaims foreign minister's remark on Saudi 'proxy war'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:12am

Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has claimed that U.K. ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East — comments that Prime Minister Theresa May said do not represent Britain's position.

Putin: NGO restrictions needed to stem foreign influence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:00am

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue to counter foreign influence over its domestic affairs through non-government organizations.